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VICTORIACUPE members, other union activists and members of the community gathered at the David Lam Theatre at the University of Victoria to hear a thought-provoking key note address by internationally recognized author Barbara Coloroso as she addressed issues on the bully, the bullied and the bystander with a focus on breaking the cycle of violence in the workplace.

Participants were riveted during the two-hour presentation which led participants from school yard bullying through to international bullying and genocide.

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Today participants will hear more from Barbara as she leads those attending through an in-depth workshop on the issue of workshop bullying. She will be followed by CUPE Manitoba Equality Representative, Maureen Morrison, who will discuss “The Union’s Role in Dealing with Inter-Worker Conflict.” CUPE BC Equality Representative, Conni Kilfoil and renowned labour lawyer Leo McGrady together will address, “Bullying and Psychological Harassment in the Workplace”.

The day will conclude with a seven-person panel exploring bullying and psychological harassment. Presenters will examine the root causes of bullying delivering remedies and creative ideas for changing workplace cultures. Panel members include union representatives and human resource specialists together with equity and human rights advocates.

We applaud CUPE locals at UVIC and Royal Roads for their vision in providing such an innovative and high-quality conference on an issue that affects everyone from a very young age.